"GRAVEYARD" on seafloor: "Smelled like an auto repair shop" -- Only 6% of core samples showed signs of life, usually at 100%


AP Enterprise: Scientists lower Gulf health grade, AP, October 18, 2010:

Friday interview with University of Georgia scientist Dr. Samantha Joye

  • Georgia scientists say the samples smelled like an auto repair shop.
  • They took 78 cores of sediment and only five had live worms in them. Usually they would all have life...
  • A "graveyard for the macrofauna."
  • "There's dead animals on the bottom and it stinks to high heaven of oil."

Other USF scientists in the AP report

  • University of South Florida's Ernst Peebles said the oil on the floor "is undermining the ecosystem from the bottom up."
  • David Hollander, also at South Florida, found some of the first plumes of the oil beneath the surface, something that government officials first disputed but now concede is real.

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